The Madras Affair Sundari Venkatraman Book Review

The Madras Affair Sundari Venkatraman Book Review

The Madras Affair is a romantic drama by noted author Sundari Venkatraman.

The Madras Affair Blurb

Sangita, head of Penn Urimai – an NGO for downtrodden, homeless and abused women – was not always this successful and confident… Born and brought up in the city of Madras and widowed at just twenty, Sangita builds an iron wall around herself till she meets Gautam who makes her aware of her sensuousness and charms. But Sangita not only has to fight her family’s orthodox and outdated rules, but also her own inhibitions and hesitations before she can walk into the future with her blue-eyed lover. Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?


Sundari Venkatraman is a Mumbai-based romance fiction author. More than 3000 copies of her books have been downloaded across the world and she has been on the bestselling romance list of Amazon many times over.


Sundari Venkatraman is an excellent writer and in this book she crafts an emotional romantic story based on a social issue. The characters are based out of Chennai (Madras).

Characters – The character development is slow and nuanced. The author has been able to capture the conservative nature of the society very well. However for many readers, especially those not from Chennai, the the issue of widow remarriage and the stigma around widows may appear unbelievable or perhaps overly dramatized. They may also not be able to understand the villainous parents of Sangita and their strange reaction to every situation. Even Gautam Sinclair seems too good to be true  – but this is after all supposed to be a nice M&B type romance.

Plot – The plot is well-structured and the story is well-narrated. There are a few parallel strands which ultimately start converging towards the end. From the beginning it is obvious that the book has a happy ending, so the entire plot slowly moves towards making the ending happy.

Editing – Editing wise this book is at par with other top romance stories with no spelling or grammatical mistakes or formatting mistakes which I usually find to be a big letdown in many Indie Books. Another thing, not a mistake – South India, the authentic spelling would be Gautham and Sangeetha. Perhaps the author had to keep it the way she did to appeal to a pan-Indian audience.

Overall – The Madras Affair is a nice feel good story dealing a social issue with drama, misunderstanding and a few love scenes thrown in between.

For more on Widow Remarriage you may read this report by Law Commission of India.

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Simha International (The Bansal Legacy Book 1) Book Review

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Simha International is a romantic drama by noted author  Sundari Venkatraman. This book is the first part of The Bansal Legacy Series.

Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie publisher) (16 February 2017)


Rohit Bansal, the handsome and suave managing director of Simha International, is the envy of many—from a director of the hotel to an employee.

A thief comes up with a simple modus operandi, believing that nobody’s really going to find out anything about the thefts taking place. But when a guest brings it to his notice, Rohit is determined to save the reputation of Simha International and ropes in a top-notch detective. Will Rohit be able to find who the thief is before time runs out?

The lovely and intelligent Tasha Sawant goes to work at Simha International as the duty manager. Her experience in the hotel industry only adds to the hotel’s excellent service.

Tasha is attracted to Rohit and it would seem that he reciprocates her feelings. Well, the lady isn’t looking for a permanent relationship as it looks likes she’s already had an unpleasant experience. But then, what about the guy? Does Rohit want any kind of relationship with Tasha?


Sundari venkatraman she is an excellent writer and in this book she crafts a superb romantic suspense thriller.

Editing – Except for a few minor glitches, editing wise this book is at par with other top notch books. It is heartening to note that there are practically no spelling or grammatical mistakes which are very common in many Indie books.

Characters – The characters are well rounded and three dimensional with various shades of emotions. The dialogues are realistic and believable and nothing over the top. The chemistry between Rohit and Tasha is sizzling. The character development is nuanced. By the by, there is an interesting back-story to Rohit and and Tasha.

Research – The author has done extensive research about the hotel industry and it clearly reflects in the book. In fact the entire mystery is tied to the internal nitigrities of how shifts and support staff work in hospitality industry.

Overall – Simha International is an enthralling fast paced page turner with a good dose of intrigue, mystery, misunderstanding and feel-good romance.

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